Note: Article was updated in January of 2019.
Video games are sometimes best played with friends to help along the journey. The PC platform doesn’t have any shortage of great video game titles that are made to allow some cooperative gameplay both offline and online.
If you’re looking for a new title to enjoy with your gaming crew then you may want to check out our list down below. We’ve picked out some of our favorite video games on the PC platform which can be played in co-op. These games are not ranked in any particular order as they can be quite different from each other genre wise.
We, of course, want to know what your favorite cooperative PC game is. Let us know by leaving it a comment down below. Likewise, check back often for future updates to the list!
#30 Portal 2
Portal has been an iconic franchise for a number of years now and even though its sequel Portal 2, released back in 2011 which is only available it still remains one of the better co-op titles to enjoy with a friend.
Portal 2 is a puzzle type video game where players must figure out a means to overcome obstacles through the use of portals. There is certainly a bit of thinking with some trial and error involved to complete the level.
#29 Left 4 Dead Series
It would be surprising if you haven’t heard or have at least played one of the two Left 4 Dead titles available on the market today. The franchise was brought out by Valve where players can gather together in a cooperative game mode to fight off a variety of undead zombies.
Aimed more as a first-person shooter action title, there are several weapons to pick up to take down zombies as you progress through the campaign. All-in-all, the game offers relatively short levels as players are mainly tasked with reaching a certain area to escape the infected city but the online community has made several new maps and campaigns to enjoy after you completely finish the games.
#28 Borderlands 2
Like the first game, Borderlands 2 takes place on the planet of Pandora. It’s not exactly “post-apocalyptic” but it comes pretty close to what you’d expect from a planet destroyed more or less by corporations who are hell-bent on digging up resources and finding something called The Vault.
The planet’s full of raiders—disenfranchised miners and former employees of corporations who were left behind on the planet to fend for themselves—and survivors who eke out a living as best they can using the resources left behind by those very same corporations—and new ones intent on claiming Pandora’s riches.
Overcooked is a cooking simulator type video game. Developed by Ghost Town Games, players take on the role of a chef who must prepare a variety of meals within the time limit. However, the game is filled with obstacles and hazards forcing players to quickly work together in order to send out the desired meal recipes that come up.
Being a relatively new release, the game has become a massive hit and a must play if you enjoy quirky arcade style co-op games.
I would find it awfully strange to come across someone who doesn’t know about Minecraft. The video game developed by Mojang has grown up to a life of its own with players both young and old going through and crafting their own worlds.
This may be a bit of an odd title to add to the mix, but if you ever played the video game then you know that zombies are present. These are creatures that lurk in the dark and wait to bring your demise.
Ultimately, the video game is about survival as well, staying away from what spawns at night while keeping your vitals up. Most of the versions available for Minecraft feature online gameplay with the PC release requiring a server to be set up before friends are able to join in and help with some creative builds. Likewise, there are several online servers to join in order to compete in various game modes.
#25 Diablo 3
The third installment of the Diablo series by developers Blizzard Entertainment made its way to PC, but also consoles. Playing out much like its predecessors, gamers pick one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of taking on quests and grabbing up precious loot.
Of course, the game works best when you gather a group of friends to go through this action RPG hack-and-slash title.
#24 Castle Crashers
Castle Crashers is a rather older title on our list. This 2D arcade adventure can give friends countless hours of hack-and-slash gaming fun as players defend their kingdom and save the princess.
Originally released back in 2008 for the Xbox 360, the game can also be found on the PC platform. Gather your friends for an incredible medieval co-op video game that has so far continued to impress gamers a whole console generation after it was first released. To make some comparisons, the gameplay plays a bit similarly to the latest indie hit, Cuphead as players will be facing against a series of bosses with a slight emphasis on timing out attacks and remembering enemy movements.
#23 Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin 2 takes place after the first installment. During a time of wars and religious persecution, Bishop Alexandar the Innocent declares all Sorcerers to be criminals in order to rid the creatures their source powers bring into the lands. Players are able to make up a team of four members seeking various goals whether it be understanding their meaning in the world or slaying down the Bishop.
This is an RPG title that players can join together throughout the campaign. However, if you’re already a bit into the campaign and don’t want to start completely over, the secondary player is able to take control of a character in your party. Likewise, the game offers a plethora of choices to help alter the narrative or means of completing a quest.
Broforce is an explosive four-player co-op platformer follows a group of badasses inspired by action movie heroes such as Bro Hard, Rambro, and Indiana Brones. Players will be clearing out all freedom-hating terrorists as they liberate the innocent civilians. This is one title well worth playing with a group of friends.
Each character offers a unique attack to use against the enemies making it worth progressing through the game in hopes to unlock new heroes. Furthermore, players are able to create maps and share online, with that said, there are a massive library of maps to download after you complete the campaign.
#21 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a bit different in comparison to the past installments of the franchise. If you picked the Call of Duty video games in the past to go through the narrative campaign then you’ll likely skip out on this fourth installment due to the fact that the game only features multiplayer. This means that here is no narrative journey for players to go through and instead the game is purely online multiplayer focused. As a result, there are plenty of cooperative game modes to join a group of friends whether it be fighting against another team online in a simple death match or through the means of the highly beloved zombies mode. Either way, if you enjoy the Call of Duty titles for their online gameplay then this is a title definitely worth picking up. Likewise, because this is the current Call of Duty video game release, the online community is very active so finding a match to play shouldn’t be a problem.
Cuphead, developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment, is a run and gun platform indie title. Overall, the narrative follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman, as they end up making a terrible bet against the devil. Losing the bet, Cuphead and Mugman are forced to give their souls to the devil, but it seems that our protagonist duo can save themselves if they go out and collect debts owed to the devil.
The devil has a number of souls that are owed to him by other sorrowful cartoon characters. If Cuphead and Mugman can go out and collect all the souls then the devil may just allow them to keep their own souls in return. However, debt collecting is easier said than done, both Cuphead and Mugman will have a difficult road ahead of themselves
This is a perfect game to play with a friend as majority of the game is filled with bosses to defeat. Each boss can be difficult making players to remember their moves and dodge attacks otherwise you’ll find yourself restarting the boss fight.
Helldivers is set within the future, a specialized combat unit known as the Helldivers are sent out to retrieve new technology, fight off an enemy alien species along with conducting any other activity that the government feels is important to mankind’s freedom.
While the game does feature a single player campaign, the development team focused on making a more enjoyable multiplayer aspect feature. Combat is chaotic as friendly fire does play a factor which will mean players will have to carefully plan out their every move and combat strategy instead of going in guns blazing.
Fortnite is developed between Epic Games and People Can Fly where players are tossed into a co-op sandbox world with a goal of surviving waves of undead hordes.
In the story, Fortnite unveils a tale in which most of the world’s population was suddenly taken away leaving the remaining few to deal with zombies that have dropped from the skies. Fornite really shines with its multiplayer as players will gather together to build up their fort.
Overall, your goal is to build up a base during the day and prepare for a long battle at night. However, most will find themselves going head-to-head where players attempt to be the last man standing in a battle royale mode.
#17 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
Made as the successor to the previously announced and now canceled Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege makes our list. Much like the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise is known for, this is a tactical shooter with more of an active community of players online.
The overall premise of the game is a fight between a group of terrorists and of course a Rainbow team. Just as a mentioned, there is a singleplayer narrative for gamers to go through, but as it stands right now, more players are picking the game up for its online competitive gameplay.
Essentially, one team of terrorists will be seeking out a hostage while the Rainbow team must carefully breach a building and take down the terrorist group. Being a tactical shooter, there’s a bit more to the gameplay then running in and spraying bullets in each room.
Instead of turning a home into an active war zone, there’s slew of gadgets and weaponry made to make kills effective and accurate. There may be times of a standstill while you prepare for a takedown or breach, but if you have a team of friends ready and voiced online, this game could make for endless fun.
#16 Rocket League
It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015 and its popularity still holds strong to this day.
Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post.
#15 Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a fantastic party game that will require at least two players to join in. The game supports both keyboard and mouse along with gamepads, but arguably the best way to enjoy the game is a virtual reality headset.
Within the game, one player will have control of a bomb and must seek the help from their teammates to decipher codes. If you decipher all the codes and finish the puzzles all while being under the time limit, the bomb will be defused saving everyone.
#14 Rayman Legends
Rayman is back with Rayman Legends. This time around Rayman and his friends discover mysterious paintings that have transported them to a new mythical world. In order to get home, Rayman and his company of fellow compadres must jump, run, and slap their way through each world.
What makes this a particularly fun game for local multiplayer is that Rayman Legends features a four-player co-op. At any point in the game, three other friends can jump into the campaign seamlessly or there’s even a series of different challenge-based modes. To top it off there are plenty of featured Rayman Origins levels with improved visuals.
#13 Destiny 2
Destiny 2 is a multiplayer experience, this is the type of video game you would meet with a few friends to grind through for loot or complete the campaigns. If you enjoy futuristic FPS and have yet to at least try Destiny or its sequel, then you might be missing out.
A quick turnoff for some gamers may be the repetitiveness you could find yourself in while going through Destiny 2 as there could be some grinding involved. Likewise, because there’s a bigger influence in going through the campaigns or side missions with a team, the casual gamer who is seeking a narrative journey to enjoy on their own time may wish to pass this franchise up.
However, for those who love gathering loot, upgrading their characters and a good raid with a team of players then this is one title not to pass up.
#12 Lost in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a much-beloved indie title by developers Asteroid Base. The video game is relatively easy to understand once you pick up the controller, but it becomes tough to master making it hard to set the game down after starting.
Within the game, players are in control of a ship and must fight off enemy ships. If you have a few friends, this is a perfect game to play as Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers up to four-player multiplayer.
In the game, players will find that in order to control a ship they must travel to various departments of their ship making it a constant battle to defeat your friends and keeping your ship safe.
#11 Grand Theft Auto Online
Grand Theft Auto V is a massive hit and it’s one game that despite being a number of years old now, the community is very much active. When the title first launched on last generation consoles, the game was the standard third-person open world experience filled with crime and chaos.
However, when it launched shortly after for the current generation of consoles, the development team over at Rockstar Games had tossed in a new element, the ability to go into a first-person perspective. This added a whole new element to the video game, but it’s not for everyone as the controls can feel a bit off in the first-person mode.
Within the game, players will be following three conmen who are after their own desires and each is playable freely making the game feel quite a bit bigger than previous title installments to the franchise. Furthermore, the online game community for Grand Theft Auto Online is extremely active and you won’t have any trouble finding players to enjoy the game with today. Whether that is gathering a crew to go out and complete online campaign missions, race against, or the random events that will occur.
#10 Payday 2
From developers, Overkill Software comes Payday 2, a cooperative FPS. The video game takes place two years after the events of Payday with a new gang who has entered in to perform another round of heists.
You don’t have to play Payday to get into this sequel. Essentially, players are will group together and work through a series of heists. This can be challenging as you enter banks, grab the money and avoid tripping any alarms.
However, some may find the real joy is when a bank heist goes wrong leaving the game into a chaotic mess full of avoiding the police and firing your way to freedom. Of course, if you wish to enjoy the game at your own pace, there is a singleplayer campaign to go through.
I shouldn’t have to spend too much time with PUBG or otherwise known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This particular title and Fortnite seems to be on everyone’s playlist, but for those out of the loop, this is a battle royale video game.
As a multiplayer only video game, players will flood into the game map where the goal is to take all the surviving players out. With over one hundred players active in the map, this can be a chaotic experience and most will play with a crew to try and last a bit longer than the others before turning on each other.
To keep the game active, the map will decrease in size over time forcing gamers to get closer to one another.
#8 Killing Floor 2
Tripwire Interactive recently launched Killing Floor 2 into the market and it’s a massively fun FPS to enjoy with some friends though the game can be played as a singleplayer experience. Within Killing Floor 2, players will be forced into fighting off waves off creatures known as Zeds.
If you’re familiar with the older Zombies game mode from the Call of Duty franchise, Killing Floor 2 is pretty similar. Players will have to gather weapons to use against the enemies along with the end boss.
#7 The Division
Ubisoft’s The Division takes place in the United States after a smallpox pandemic causes the government and its cities to collapse. Now only chaos remains where a single task force becomes primary to deal with the instability and chaos in the nation. This last line of defense is called the Division, a classified stay-behind force with self-supported tactical agents.
Taking place in New York City, players traverse the area as they team up with other Division agents to clear out the infected and protect the innocent, however, throughout the game, players will find themselves in a worldwide conspiracy leading them to a group responsible for unleashing the deadly virus.
#6 A Way Out
A Way Out is an action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This will be the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
This is a unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players with the display being split-screen regardless of playing the video game locally or through online. All-in-all, the narrative is based around two inmates who must survive and escape a prison. Not only will players have to fight their way across officers and other rowdy inmates but they’ll have to solve a number of puzzles.
#5 Far Cry 5
Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.
Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment which can be explored either on foot or through vehicles. However, the campaign can be experienced both as singleplayer experience or through cooperative multiplayer. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to enjoy the campaign with a friend then you’ll have to join together online as local cooperative gameplay is not supported.
#4 Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title that is centered around pirates. Players will take to the open seas with their cooperative crew as they search for hidden treasure and taking out other pirate crews that show up along the way.
This is an MMO game where players will consistently run into each other throughout their various adventures. Combat will take place both in ships and on land as well, giving players the full pirate experience. Players will also be able to attend safe-zones where they can trade, hire on new crew or even dabble into the black market goods.
#3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a bit different in comparison to the past installments of the franchise. If you picked the Call of Duty video games in the past to go through the narrative campaign then you’ll likely skip out on this fourth installment due to the fact that the game only features multiplayer.
Developers Treyarch has opted to kill the singleplayer campaign component to the game for a focus on multiplayer game modes such as the fan favorite Zombies and a brand new battle Royale mode. As a result, you’re going to find that most of the game modes are going to be centered on team. The game at the time of writing this is the latest installment to the Call of Duty franchise as well which means that there is an active player base for those who are looking to jump in and enjoy some firefights with a group of friends.
#2 Battlefield V
Following up after the success of Battlefield 1 comes Battlefield V. This video game will take players back into the gritty war of World War II. As a result, players will experience stories showing the brutal war that soldiers were forced to go through. Likewise, there’s a nice array of weaponry that mimics the real guns and melee weapons that soldiers would have had equipped during the actual war.
While there is a narrative journey that players can go through, unlike the latest release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, we’re adding this game into the mix simply for its online game modes. There are several modes for players to jump in and battle alongside friends as they push back the enemy forces. Again, much like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in our list, this game is the latest installment to the Battlefield franchise and that means there are plenty of players joining matches online.
#1 Fallout 76
Fallout 76 is the latest installment to the Fallout franchise though it’s quite a bit different in comparison to past main video game releases. Bethesda has developed Fallout 76 to be an online multiplayer title that takes place before previous Fallout games.
Within the game, players take on a member from Vault 76 where their goal is to help rebuild the wasteland when the vault opens twenty-five years after the nuclear war. While this is still an action RPG, the gameplay is centered on building up and maintaining settlements.
For instance, when players have managed to build up a base, they will have to defend it from the mutated monsters both old and new along with other hostile players. Now this game does come with some pretty unfavorable reviews but this is still an early online video game release and being Bethesda we imagine that this game would be tweaked quite a bit. We’re not ready to write this game off yet and we imagine that as the years go by, there will be new exciting content which will make it worth purchasing a copy of the game.